Super Mario Brothers Wedding at Lionsgate Event Center - Rachel + Kellin’s Themed Wedding

A wedding, a great wedding, is just a blast. A celebration of romance and community and love…What is unfun about that? Nothing.

- Ariel Levy


When I found out about the details of Rachel + Kellin’s wedding at Lionsgate Event Center, I was so excited! They had planned their entire day around Super Mario Brothers, and they did not leave any detail overlooked. From the handmade centerpieces to the bride’s shoes (pictured at the end) that were hand-decorated by her mother, their wedding day was themed to Super Mario + Princess Peach - but tastefully. I don’t know about you, but I grew up playing Nintendo and this wedding brought back those memories. Below are some of the many creative details. Both cakes were made by Button Rock Bakery - a bride’s cake replicating a Nintendo Gaming System and then a plain white cake that was the backdrop for a video feed. (And yes, Kellin was the creator of that amazing technological detail.)

Rachel’s dress was stunning and couldn’t have fit her more perfecty. The Chandelier Barn at Lionsgate was the perfect spot for beautiful photos of her wedding dress - as well as the First Look which is shown later in this post.

The Event Center has an antique couch and large mirror in the bridal suite where Rachel got ready. There is also a separate room where she was able to get her hair and make-up done by Elegance by Design. It is basically a beauty salon in a room! Rachel’s make-up was simple, but perfect for the wedding day - not too much.

Downstairs at Lionsgate is also a groom’s suite that has a pub like feel, bold artwork, a few stuffed animals and a pool table. It is the perfect place for the Groom and Groomsmen to hang out before the wedding.

The First Look in the Chandelier Barn was Rachel’s idea and it was perfect. It reminded me of the movie Beauty and the Beast with such an elegant staircase and grand decor.

After their First Look, we did some of their portraits on the staircase because it is just GORGEOUS! And check out her bouquet - Flower Power from Super Mario Brothers!

With a large and diverse wedding party - we were able to fit them all on the staircase for a large group portrait - and then toss the kids in at the last minute.

Lionsgate Event Center has some fun and unique details on their property. All of them are great for wedding day portraits of the couple and their entire wedding party. The old yellow truck made for a nice vintage styled couples portrait with a nice pop of color.

Rachel + Kellin’s wedding ceremony was officiated by their good friend John. Not only did he pronounce them husband and wife, but he also played bartender for their first drink - a tasty white russian! This was all written into their ceremony for a bit of a twist.

The British phone booth wedding portraits are some of my favorites.

Once Rachel + Kellin were finished their portrait session, Rachel was able to go back to the bridal suite where her mother bustled the dress. This is also where they had a drink with their wedding party and signed the marriage license. It’s a nice backdrop for the signing of the marriage license and there is a solid marble table to lean on.

Like I said - no detail was overlooked - to include their choreographed first dance to the Super Mario theme song! They did such a great dance!!!!

Even the guests got into dressing for the occasion!

This venue has numerous areas to play with night photography. There are chandeliers around the property hanging from trees and string lights in the back of The Dove House. It is very romantic.

They did their bouquet toss and garter on the dance floor. For the garter toss, Kellin had strategically placed a bag of Super Mario goodies under the chair - it was quite humorous!

The fun went on all night with their friends and family. They had an interactive video photo booth, glow sticks and bubbles. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of the rest of their lives together.

Below are some of the beautiful themed details they incorporated into their wedding. It was incredibly creative and a good time was had by everyone! The fact that they brought this all to life with their friends and family, made it even more special.

Many people spend more time in planning the wedding, then they do in planning the marriage.

- Zig Ziglar

Jessi + Rickie - Engagement Session at Green Mountain Falls

"I swear I couldn't love you more than I do right now,

and yet I know I will tomorrow." 

— Leo Christopher


There is so much I loved about photographing this beautiful couple - of course, the brightly colored hair, the cowboy hat, the fact that they could not stop showing how much they loved each other.  An engagement session is all about expression and showing off the love you have for your fiancé.  These photographs are the beginning of a story waiting to be told and I am ready to capture the beginning chapters.  

Green Mountain Falls, Colorado has a ton of unique spots for photographs, whether it is the vintage car (see above) outside of a restaurant or the circular sculpture below - this town was made for photography.  

And can we talk about how much Rickie reminds me of Kenny Chesney???  His outfit was complete with cowboy boots and southern charm.  He was such a gentleman and had a "go with the flow" attitude that made photographing this couple easy as pecan pie.

Jessi's red hair was a huge inspiration for this session, but I didn't want it to overpower the photos.  It was so important to find a place that would highlight the hair color while also highlighting their love for one another.  The unique, but small town of Green Mountain Falls was perfect.

I used these dandelions to add some texture to these photographs and even asked my assistant to blow the petals directly in front of my lens.  Nothing like a few wishes to add a bit more romance to their session.  

Every photo from this session was magical and its easy to see this couple has a beautiful relationship.  I changed the location of the session at the last minute and I am so glad that I did!  Matching up a couple with their perfect location is what I aspire to do with each and every session.  Location is so much about bringing out the best in your subject - here it has brought out the love Jessi + Rickie have for one another.

Don't forget the details during these engagement sessions.  Focus on the way they hold hands.  I offered to drive them back to their car at the end of the session, and they both responded "No, its beautiful here, we will walk."  They strolled along the path, hand in hand.  

Down the road a bit from Green Mountain Falls is Chipita Park (walking distance).  There are a few bridges and a quiet stream, but the real beauty in this location is the stick sculpture "Footprint in Green" by Patrick Dougherty.  It was an awesome backdrop for some unique photographs.  

Just a simple touch of the chin is the sweetest gesture.  Who doesn't want love like this?

They completely nailed every pose throughout their session.  Whether it was a romantic glance, snuggling (not too tightly), or just being comfortable in each other's arms.  They made the magic and I photographed it.  

"At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet." 

― Plato

Emily + Peter - May 20, 2018

"You are my sun, my moon and all of my stars."

 - E.E. Cummings


I photographed my first wedding last weekend in Denver, and I absolutely LOVED it!  It was perfect for my first wedding to capture and Emily + Peter could not have been more inviting or welcoming to me.  Their wedding was a quaint backyard wedding in a vacation rental.  I don't know much about their love story (I was shadowing the lead photographer for the day), but what I do know is that they are perfect for each other and love each other deeply.  Their day was their own creation of decorations that were symbolic of their relationship, food that was made from the heart by their family, and a wonderful friend who accepted the role of officiant for his first time.  It was a day to remember and a day to love.  Emily was overwhelmed with appreciation toward her loved ones for putting together her perfect wedding day.  She was so kind in the way she personally thanked everyone and tears of joy and gratefulness kept introducing themselves throughout the day.  Peter was laid back and full of love for his beautiful bride - he was exactly where he belonged.  After the ceremony I asked him if he felt different - "Yeah, I feel more connected to her."  

It was a pleasure to photograph these two beautiful people and I hope to continue photographing weddings in the months to come.  

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